Microsoft is working on unifying its Windows platform to allow developers to create one app that can work across devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers.
As you can see from the image above, the Redmond giant is outlining the possibility for “Universal Store” apps, that will be implemented with 80% “shared solution”, and just 20% differentiation for adapting the app interface to the phone or Windows computer realities with two Visual Studio projects. This in turn will save a ton of work for developers, while making sure we get better smartphones that can work as full-blown PCs when docked.
Of course, we’re still months (or more) away from this. I’ve been talking about something similar in the past as I personally can’t wait for the true convergence where I would need only a single device for all my needs. Today’s smartphones are already more powerful than desktop PCs from few years ago and this should already be possible. Alas, it isn’t and we keep waiting for the unifying platform…
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